How to Get Dog and Cat Hair out of Fleece, a Quick and Easy Guide

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dog on fleece blanket

You’ve just bought a bunch of new Polar fleeces for guests to use while enjoying a frosty afternoon in your backyard, complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows, but your fur baby has decided they’re definitely a great new place to snuggle up for a little nap. The next thing you know they are covered in pet hair!

dog hair on sofa

Dog and cat hair loves binding and sticking to fleece clothing and blankets as the fibers seem to literally suck up fur much more than other fabrics. In this article, we’re going to provide answers on how to get pet hair out of fleece material!

First, let’s take a look below at the quick and short answer as to the best ways to remove pesky hair from your fleece blankets and clothing.

How do I get dog hair out of fleece? To effectively remove dog and cat hair from fleece there’s a number of things you can do. The use of static electricity can remove the hair. Using rubber gloves or, of course, a lint roller. To make sure your pet doesn’t leave hairs anywhere, make sure you thoroughly groom dogs, ideally away from your home.

Now that we’ve seen the brief answer as to how to remove pet hair from fleece items, let’s now take a closer look at ways you can simply and effectively remove the hair without any stress.

Why does dog cat hair stick so securely to fleece items?

dog static

Removing the hair from all kinds of polar fleece- such as blankets for humans or doggy pet blankets- not to mention polar fleece clothing, can be a chore you find yourself doing pretty often if you have any kind of furry pet.

It’s especially frustrating as your trusty fleece jacket is often the first thing you grab when you are off on a dog walk and as you put it back in the closet, it’s almost as if it’s turned into a fur coat!

So why is fleece such a magnet for puppy hairs?

Synthetic fabrics such as acrylic, polyester, and nylon have increased the potential for static cling which will attract dog hair and cat fur more than other, more natural fabrics. Polar fleece is usually created from synthetic fibers for blankets. Jackets, hats, and gloves.

Some great tips to remove pet hair from fleece

dog hair mitt
  • Rubber Gloves Use a rubber glove to easily remove hair from fleece. Lay the blanket or item on a table and wipe the glove across the blanket and it will gather the hair. Dip the glove in water for stubborn spots. The water helps the glove grip hair. Dispose of the hair as you work through the entire article of clothing.
  • Rubber Broom/Brush If you have way too much stubborn dog hair stuck on things around your house, I would definitely invest in a rubber broom or rubber brush. I think this is the best solution for removing hair, especially on carpets. It does work on fleece and other surfaces as well. The static charge of bristles plus the texture of the rubber will make the hair roll up like a tumbleweed and get stuck in the brush.
  • Adhesive Rollers Rollers with disposable adhesive backing, such as lint brush are an excellent tool for hair removal. Place the item on a hard surface and roll over until the adhesive strip is covered. Remove the strip to expose a fresh section of adhesive and continue until the hair is removed. As an alternative, use a simple piece of household adhesive tape and blot the blanket to grab and remove fur.
  • Static Electricity Use static electricity to easily remove hair from fleece. Rub a dryer sheet over the blanket or clothing to grab the hair. Also, consider rubbing an inflated balloon against the blanket to capture and dispose of hair.
  • Washing Machine Remove as much hair as possible with alternative methods mentioned above, then follow with a wash cycle. Place the blankets and clothing in a dryer with dryer sheets to remove hair via the lint trap. Use multiple drying and fluff cycles to capture hair in the lint trap repeatedly. Clean the trap between each cycle to make space for more hair.

NOTE: use the low heat setting on your dryer for fleece.

“As polar fleece is usually created from synthetic fibers, along with their short fibers, is why your pet hair loves to cling to anything made of fleece, such as blankets. Jackets, hats and gloves.”

How can I prevent dog hair from sticking to my fleece items?

So now that you’ve seen some great tips on how to remove pet hairs from your favorite fleecy items, let’s take a look at some preventative steps you can take to ensure you are minimizing the possibility of spending your busy days cleaning up after your pooch or kitty!

We will start by looking at the most important preventative methods you can do to ensure your pet hair or fur is kept to a minimum from burying itself into your favorite fleecy items.

It goes without saying that minimizing contact between the fleece and your dog or cat will save time when you clean your fleece blankets and jackets. Regular grooming during the shedding season will save you a whole heap of time.

cat grooming
  • Groom your dog or cat. It’s best to groom your dog on a regular basis to reduce the amount of hair on your blankets and fleece clothing. Comb the dog weekly with a high-quality brush to prevent doggy hair from entering your home. Also, keep your fleece in an area where the dog or cat has little opportunity to lay and rub on the material.
  • Take the dog to an outdoor area weekly and brush to remove the hair in an outside area away from your home
  • Cover furniture with blankets. This can prevent dog hair from reaching your human blankets by covering furniture and areas of contact with dog-specific blankets. Replace doggy friendly blankets when you have guests
  • Vacuum your carpet regularly and sweep wood floors to capture hair before it sticks to blankets and clothing

And finally...

dog on fleece blanket

It can be a real chore getting pet hair out of every fabric you own, hopefully, this article has given you some quick and easy ways of getting pet hair out of your favorite fleece!

After all, who wants pet hair stuck to your new fleece blankets that are meant to keep your human guests warm and cozy, or even turning your fleece doggy walking jacket into a fur coat!

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